Thursday, June 22, 2006

Sympathy for Mr. Vengence / Boksuneun naui geot

Director: Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance / Chinjeolhan geumjassi)
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Du-na Bae, Ji-Eun Lim
South Korea, 2002

Seen: June 18, 2006 on TMN

Reason to see: Heard amazing things about the director, and the third in this trilogy Lady Vengeance / Chinjeolhan geumjassi was recenty in theatres as well as the highly acclaimed Oldboy.

Too brutal for me. I have to remember not to watch revenge films as they don't do anything for me. There were some excellent shots and choices, the pacing was very good. It did keep you guessing, but it also felt like every turn something worse would happen, and then worse, and then worse, ... I will admit it was interesting to see the this kind of film not where all the violence was highly co-ordinated to music and flashy and stylized. It was very quite, cold and matter-of-fact. Also showcased brutality and apathy. Not for me, but I'm sure its got its audience.

Shannon's Overall View:
I'm not sure how I feel about it
I would not watch it again
I would only recommend it for those would like revenge films and can handle the warnings listed
Warnings: Extreme violence, torture, rape, kidnapping

Spoiler Zone: (content mentioned in the following)
I had a very hard time watching this film, and not just becuase of the warnings listed above. I had a hard time keeping the characters straight (sister/girlfriend mostly) and I'm still not sure who Mr. Vengence out of two possibilities. There was also lots of oddness that I just didn't know why it was there (the creepy guy in the lake area) and things I didn't believe would be possible (a non trained person performing organ removal) or would happen (1st autopsy scene - why would be he there? felt like a device to be used for comparative terms later). Curious to the choice of showing talking about future events and showing the result of key parts of the plot, but omitting showing the actual scenes (kidnapping).

Favorite Moment: When the girl hands out her manifesto flyers to the organ donor people

2 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

Woah, I've never heard of this movie but I don't think it's one I would like either, and I'm OK with revenge stories. Yikes Shannon!

I really, really appreciate your reviews. Not only does it help me figure out what I want to see, it helps me find out about movies that are very different that I would never hear about otherwise.

Shannon said...

Thanks Suzie!! That is exactly the reason I like to write about them :)